Shin Splints

At Active Life San Diego Chiropractic and Sports Injury Prevention we understand the cause of shin splints (MTSS-Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome) therefore we correctly diagnose, educate to prevent a future injury and can create an individualized care plan that will get you back out on the road, trail or track as quickly as possible. We have found the the most common cause is inflammation of the periosteum (outside covering of bone) of the tibia. Stressful forces that are placed on this periosteum from the muscles of the lower leg cause pain, inflammation and soreness.

shinShin splints (MTSS) are caused by any number of reasons to include biomechanical weaknesses, misalignments, improper footwear, training and or increasing mileage too quickly. One biomechanical issue can be the overpronation (inward rolling of the foot) or supination (outward rolling of the foot) causing stress on the Medial (inner side) of the Tibia (shin bone).

Improper footwear can include the wrong type of shoe for your particular running style or wearing shoes that are either do not have enough support or are just too old and worn. Sometimes custom orthotics are needed to correct these issues or just provide better support for the arches of your feet.

One of the problems that arose when Dr. Ott initially started to run is that he increased his mileage too quickly and ran on to many hard surfaces which lead to a minor case of shin splints.

Decreased flexibility, misalignments of the joints in the ankle can also lead to an increased stress on the muscles, tendons, periosteum and soft tissues of the lower leg as well.

At Active Life San Diego Chiropractic and Sports Injury Prevention, we not only treat your injuries, but we also understand how factors of biomechanics affect you and your running needs along with how they affect each and every training run or race. We will work with you to help prevent injury or correct imbalances to keep you functioning at your best.

Individualized treatment plans may include:

  • Joint manipulation
  • Soft Tissue mobilization with the Graston Technique
  • Kinesio-taping with RockTape (Rocktape Certified FMT level I,II)
  • Individualized stabilization rehab exercises
  • Orthotics if needed
  • Nutritional advice